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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687753
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 4.6 x 32.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To call this a labour of love is like calling the Taj Mahal a shed... A coffee-table volume worthy of the most successful movie series of all time." --Heat

"Sure to delight die-hard muggles." --Daily Record

"The book is sumptuously illustrated with stills photography and concept art. You could get your fill without reading a word, but coupled with insights this is an astonishingly detailed accounts of the passion, talent and effort poured into the series. 5 stars." --Empire

"The level of interview access is impressive, and author Bob McCabe weaves contributions from talent on both sides of the camera into an entertaining, trivia-packed retrospective. But it's the artwork that really draws you in. It's a feast for the eyes, packed with behind-the-scenes photos and stunning concept art. If you're into the movies, you'll want this on your bookshelf." --SFX Magazine

"A fascinating look behind the making of the movies." --Home Cinema Choice

"Anyone interested in this field of fantasy art should invest in this beautiful, rich source of inspiration. 5 out of 5." --Imagine FX

"Fans who aren't quite ready to wave off the wizarding world just yet will devour Harry Potter: Page to Screen, which gives the ten-year film franchise a worthy send off." --We Love This Book

"An immense tome that might have fallen from Dumbledore's own bookshelves... A sumptuous style guide to the phenomenon." --The Independent

About the Author

Bob McCabe is a noted film critic, broadcaster, journalist and screenwriter. He is the author of Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam and several other film books, including authorised biographies of The Pythons and Ronnie Barker, The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies and the BFI book on The Exorcist.

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Quinn on 21 Oct. 2011
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What can I say about the book... wow. I pre-ordered a copy after seeing the promotional youtube video and was thrilled to receive my copy today (quite a bit earlier than expected, thanks amazon). I was instantly overwhelmed by the size of it - it is incredibly heavy and visually stunning. The hardback cover is sturdy with beautiful presentation and a lovely picture of Hogwarts on the front. There is no tacky blurb or explanation of the book on the back cover either which is refreshing. The sheer volume of information and pictures inside the book make it worth the money as there are behind the scenes photographs, cast interviews, beautiful artistic impressions and photographs of many details you may have missed while watching the movies. My favourites include the fold-out intricate drawings of the Death Eater masks and the wonderfully detailed plan of Hogwarts.
The contents are as follows:
'Part I: The Making of Harry Potter' contains sections for each movie including introductions, photographs, descriptions, sketches and how each director/screenwriter etc faced challenges in adapting the book and how they accomplished it. There is a breakdown of important sequences from the movie so you can learn how they created The Battle of Hogwarts, Illuminating the Inferi etc. My only complaint is that the first book/movie is listed as 'Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone' which annoyed me a little as I'm British and remain loyal to the Philosophers Stone (of course).
'Part II: The Art of Harry Potter' covers each character/costumes, locations/set design, creatures/special makeup and digital effects and artifacts/prop making. The concept art is breathtaking and I was thoroughly interested in how they brought all the magical creatures to life on the big screen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMM on 3 Nov. 2014
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As a big fan of the Harry Potter novels and films, I think this book this a fantastic one to own. "Page to Screen" chronicles the entire 10-year production of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Everything about the movies is discussed -- including in-depth looks at the characters, locations, and various stories of the making of the movies. Author Bob McCabe does a great job highlighting the challenges of the production, the technical and creative innovations, and the visual/artistic achievements. I would say that my appreciation for the films increased after reading this book. In particular, the visual elements (costumes, props, set design, creature makeup, etc) of the movies are discussed in detail. It also helps that the book contains tons of high-resolution color images - including photos from the set.

It's a wonderful book that is a must-own. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Walton on 31 Dec. 2011
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I have now finished reading this incredible book, and can confirm that it's as good as it gets. At first, I flicked through most (but not all) of the book to peek at all the fancy photos, diagrams and whatnot. Now having read the book inside & out, I don't want to part from it. It's a valuable commodity to add to anyone's Potter collection. The first bulk of the book, (The Making of Harry Potter) contains more text than the other parts, as there's more to explain. By the time you reach The Art of Harry Potter, which details the characters, locations, creatures & artefacts, there are more illustrations & photos to expand on the text. The further you get into the book, the quicker you get through it. (As I thought it would take quite a while, but I was surprised it didn't take as long as I originally thought.) The short final part, the Epilogue contains the author's acknowledgements and a great set of photos showing the cast/crew/family/visitors holding the Golden Boards, each numbered according to the day of filming. Fantastic.

Goodness. That's my first reaction to opening up the box and seeing this substantial book at my fingertips. It's big, it's heavy, and furthermore, it's packed with wonders that'll keep every one from the most ardent Potter fan (that's me!,) to the rest of us entertained for quite some time.

This isn't only a look at the fancy camera work, or the special effects, or even the visual effects & computer trickery. There is much more. It's brimming with beautiful reference illustrations & diagrams from all things Quidditch to wands & broomsticks, to Hogwarts itself, and its grounds, to the characters' conceptual artwork, are just a few to name.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thegirl-wholived on 30 Oct. 2011
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I pre-ordered this a few weeks back and was suprised when it arrived before the release date.

Its a massive book, I didnt realise it was going to be that big (it doesnt even fit on my bookshelf), but regardless I love it. It has soo much interesting information in it.

I cried a few times whilst reading, especially when they are talking about the end of the franchise and the golden boards. Its a tear jerker alright.

A great book for any Harry Potter fan. I have every single once released, fantastic to add to your merchandise and also a great buy for christmas. :)
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